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10 reasons to indulge your sweet tooth on National Candy Day

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10 reasons to indulge your sweet tooth on National Candy Day

Saturday, Nov. 4 is National Candy Day. If that's not enough of an excuse to indulge, then one of these 10 totally valid reasons should be enough to push you over the edge. Happy eating.

1. You probably have some candy left over from Halloween.

Americans bought 600 million pounds — that's $2.5 billion worth — of candy last year for Halloween. That number was predicted to go up to $2.7 billion for 2017, so chances are pretty good you still have some around.

To put that in perspective, that's the same weight as about 11 Statues of Liberty or 30 Eiffel Towers.

 Statistic: Annual Halloween expenditure in the United States in 2017, by item (in billion U.S. dollars)* | Statista

Find more statistics at Statista

2. Because candy pairs well with wine.

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Wine

Have you ever wondered what wine pairs best with your favorite candy? Wine review app Vivino did the work for you.

Apparently Kit Kats go well with Pinot Noir, Twizzlers pair best with rosé, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups should be enjoyed with Gamay. The app's wine experts also provided notes and further recommendations to help find your perfect wine-candy match-up.

3. There's enough to go around

Hershey’s produces enough Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in one year to feed one to every person in the United States, Japan, Australia, China, India, and all of Africa and Europe.

4. For science.

How many licks does it really take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop? According to a Purdue University study that used a robotic licking machine, the average is 364 licks. However, a study performed at the University of Michigan calculated it at 411 licks.

But why trust them? National Candy Day is the perfect opportunity to test it for yourself.

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Jelly beans

5. Eating candy is presidential.

Ronald Reagan began eating jelly beans to help him quit smoking, but the habit became so much a part of his reputation that Jelly Belly shipped 3.5 tons of red, white and blue jelly beans to Washington, D.C., for his inauguration. Reagan kept a stock of jelly beans in the White House throughout his presidency, and the Herman Goelitz Candy Company, which made his jelly bean of choice during his time as governor, eventually produced a jelly bean jar with the presidential seal that was given out to diplomats and other important guests.

More presidential candy trivia: Richard Nixon was known to eat Milky Ways for breakfast, so you could try that today, too.

6. Because we have some catching up to do.

Germans eat twice as much candy as Americans, according to CandyStore.com. By doing your part on National Candy Day, you could help the U.S. take first place in this competition that no one really asked for.

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Gum balls

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7. To set a world record.

Currently, Chad Fell of Alabama holds the Guinness World Record for largest bubblegum bubble blown. Fell blew his record-setting 20-inch diameter bubble on April 24, 2004, without using his hands. His secret: He used three pieces of Dubble Bubble gum.

Think you can beat it? National Candy Day is a great time to try.

8. To prove people wrong.

There are plenty of myths about potentially terrible things that will happen if you eat certain candies. Just to set the record straight — gum will not remain undigested in your stomach for years and washing down your Pop Rocks with Coke won't make you explode. Just for fun, why not do both to celebrate National Candy Day and bust two myths at once?

9. To cast your vote in the Twizzlers vs. Red Vines battle.

Which is better: Twizzlers or Red Vines? Those on each side of this divisive licorice battle are usually pretty confident with their choice. While it doesn't answer the question of which is "better," Twizzlers win by a landslide when it comes to sales. In 2014, Americans bought $203.6 million worth of Twizzlers, or almost four times as much as Red Vines.

Statistic: Sales of the leading 10 licorice candy brands of the United States in 2014 (in million U.S dollars) | Statista

Find more statistics at Statista

10. So you can eat like an astronaut.

Although astronauts' diets are generally pretty healthy, candy — especially chocolate — is among a favorite request in astronauts' "bonus boxes," according to Smithsonian magazine. Vickie Kloeris, manager of the Space Food Systems Laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, said her team gets requests for chocolate to be included on the menu on "pretty much every flight."

The most common chocolate on NASA missions is M&M's, but Toblerones, Turtles, Dove Bars, Ghirardelli, Kit Kats, Snickers, Raisinets, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Twix and Milky Way Bars have made trips to space as well.

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